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Thursday, February 12, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Nancy Lech, Times News motor route carrier, shows where two were injured last week when a Jeep hit a snowbank and telephone pole at a remote location on Quakake Road, Weatherly. Lech, first one on the scene, assisted the victims until ambulances arrived.

A Times News motor route carrier says there's no such thing as an ordinary day, especially in winter.

During last Thursday's bad weather, Nancy Lech was driving along Quakake Road near Weatherly during the afternoon, part of a daily 90-mile circuit, when she came on something she won't soon forget.

"It was a windy, snowy day with lots of ice. I saw a man walking along the road. He had a broken arm and was bloody," she said.

Lech pulled over to see what was wrong and the man pleaded, "Can you help me?"

Thursday, February 12, 2015
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Around 125 people turned out for Wednesday's public scoping meeting, held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to help it prepare an environmental impact statement on the proposed PennEast pipeline.

Whether it was the impassioned plea of a mother fighting for the open space her son uses for recreation or a resident using her allotted three minutes to read lyrics from a Disney movie, the message from the majority of speakers Wednesday night at Penn's Peak was clear: "We don't want the pipeline."

More than 120 people attended the scoping meeting hosted by the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission, the agency that will cast the yes or no vote on the proposed 114-mile PennEast natural gas pipeline.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY OF NESQUEHONING POLICE Drugs, money and paraphernalia were confiscated during a recent search by police of a Nesquehoning woman's home.

A Nesquehoning woman is behind bars for her connection with selling drugs in the borough.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith said officers from Nesquehoning, Weatherly, Pennsylvania State Police K-9 Unit and Carbon County detectives and adult probation executed a search warrant for narcotics Wednesday at the home of Patricia Wernett, 61, of 131 E. Garibaldi Ave., after she sold Oxycodone to police informants on three separate occasions between Jan. 18 and Feb. 10.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick said Wednesday that multiple charges will be filed against a driver in a crash that injured 11 people and resulted in seven medical helicopters being summoned to the scene.

Martinez Fermin, 23, of Summit Hill, was driving a 2014 Subaru Forester southbound on Claremont Avenue, Route 309, on Jan. 31 in an area known as the Mile Hill, six miles north of Tamaqua, when his vehicle crossed the concrete median and collided with a 1999 Ford F350 passenger van operated by John Kurtz, 61, of East Fallowfield, Chester County.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy were recently selected as the Students of the Month for November. Award recipients are, front row, from left: Derek Lazar, Alexandria Feller, Alfred Collevechio and Angelo Cerimele. Back row: Courtney Kovatch, Sadie Trubilla, Stephen Behun, Colin Rehnert and Sara Collevechio.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy were selected as the Students of the Month for November.

These students were chosen for displaying the virtue of citizenship.

Below are quotes from each student about why they were chosen as Students of the Month.

Kindergarten, Derek Lazar: "I listen to my teacher and follow directions. I am a good boy!"

Grade 1, Angelo Cerimele: "I like to help my classmates and learn about being a good person."

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lehigh Carbon Community College's President Ann D. Bieber announced the December 2014 graduates with honors at a recognition ceremony held this past December in Berrier Hall, Schnecksville campus.

Graduates from the Times News coverage area include:

Albrightsville: Edward Cwiertniewicz Jr., David Ingrassia**, David Michael III and Dayna Tibbs.

Andreas: Samuel DePue.

Aquashicola: Kimberly Komala.

Ashland: Lorraine Ogden**.

Brockton: Nicholas Mengle.

Coaldale: Kimberly Feisel**.

Germansville: Kailyn Bachman**.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Robert A. Hawke

Robert A. Hawke, a veteran magisterial district judge, is announcing that he is seeking re-election for the position for District Court 03-3-01.

Hawke has 31 years of court experience throughout his career and has been a dedicated and successful judge in Northampton Court for the past five years.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Tamaqua Area School District will hold kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year on March 23 through March 25 at the Rush Elementary School, and on March 26 at the West Penn Elementary School. Hours at both schools will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Appointments may be made by calling 570-668-3306, beginning March 2, between 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Registration packets will be available as of Feb. 23, at all three of the district's elementary facilities. Forms are also available at the district's website, www.tamaqua.K12.pa.us.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Oswald

Misericordia University teacher education majors recently received their student teaching classroom assignments for the spring semester.

Twenty-two Misericordia University student teachers participated in the program, which prepares the undergraduates for classroom observation and instruction in several regional school districts.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran Selenski Hugo Selenski is led into the Luzerne County Courthouse on Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre. A jury convicted Selenski in the strangling deaths of pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett. He could face the death penalty.

WILKES-BARRE (AP) – Authorities have wanted to nab Hugo Selenski on murder charges ever since they searched his northeastern Pennsylvania yard in 2003 and found the bodies of a missing pharmacist, the pharmacist's girlfriend, and at least three other sets of human remains.

It took nearly a dozen years and one failed prosecution, but they finally got their man on Wednesday after a jury convicted the 41-year-old career criminal in the strangling deaths of pharmacist Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett.